visiting professor, Shanghai Jiaotong University; director, Programmes in Leadership and Public Policy, University of Oxford
Alan works on the relationship between citizens urban planning with particular reference to public policy and the mediation between government and the lived experience of the citizen.
From the autumn of 2010 he has been a visiting professor at the Shanghai Administrative Institute where he first undertook a study of the impact of Expo 2010 on urbanisation and city life in Shanghai. He is also a visiting professor at Shanghai Jiaotong University and the Chinese Executive Leadership Academy Pudong (CELAP), where he is the director of the Oxford University/CELAP Centre for Urban Studies. The centre has produced Chinese language reports on public private partnerships, innovation, and urban change. The last is the basis for his forthcoming book.
In the autumn of 2013 he was presented with the Golden Magnolia Award for outstanding service to the city of Shanghai.